Monthly Speaker Meetings
Each monthly meeting includes an educational speaker presenting topics related to current trends in photography. Potential speakers are carefully selected for their photography expertise and presentation skills. Some of the meetings may include “open critiques” of member’s images, or critiques by the judges of the BPG Fall Exhibition that is displayed in the museum’s Borderlands Gallery. For more information about our educational offerings, please click here.
On Sat., January 8, 2022, Graham Hobart will talk and share his insights on pre-visualization – picturing the final image presentation before capture
Sat., Feb. 12, 2022 @ 10 a.m. EST – Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 8230 5253 Passcode: 230689
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THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD WEBINAR STYLE – PLEASE LIMIT CONVERSATIONS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TO NON WORKING MEMBERS ONLY – ALSO QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO THE CHAT FOR Q&A AFTER THE PRESENTATION.
“Graham Hobart – Mastering Visual Expression”
Painters have the luxury of choosing what size canvas to start with, what color palette to use, how much detail to reveal, and where everything in the composition is placed and prioritized. Photographers – especially wildlife photographers – have to work with what is in front of them. With all of the variables and elements that cannot be controlled, how is a photographer supposed to deliver a body of work that is cohesive and consistently recognizable as his/her style year after year, environment after environment, and even camera after camera?
Graham Hobart has just successfully wrapped up a solo exhibition at the Booth Museum with his groundbreaking collection of work titled “Out of Africa and Into the West”. This lecture will “reverse engineer” some of the the finished art that hung in the exhibition. Hobart says that one of the biggest factors contributing to the success of his exhibition was “Pre-visualization” – the ability to see the finished image hanging on a gallery wall in one’s mind when looking at a scene through the viewfinder before capture.
Through his anecdotal stories you will learn just how Hobart built his art collection. Each scenario reveals the wide variety of challenges, obstacles and opportunities that lay before him and how he persevered to keep it in line with his vision. Hobart will also offer insights into how he was able to bring under control the variables that can wreak havoc on one’s budget, archiving digital files as well as producing and handling the physical prints and materials necessary for framing. And of course there is also the question of eventually delivering of the exhibition.
Arriving in the USA from London in 1997, Graham Hobart offers a unique approach to photography. Growing up during a civil war in Africa as well as having lived on three continents may explain why his work is anything but ordinary. At age 10, he was carving stone at the feet of native Zimbabwean artists. While still in high school he began casting bronze sculptures and painting in oils. This was followed by a period where he began to explore as much of the African subcontinent as he could, often by canoe or bicycle simply because roads did not exist.
“It was during these travels that I realized that I just had to have a camera to record all those incredible experiences,” Hobart says when asked about the transition to becoming a photographer in 1985. From the simple desire to share his stories with others, he bought his first camera, and the next great adventure began.
Over the years, Hobart’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and has been exhibited by National Geographic, Nikon USA, The Booth Western Art Museum and the Smithsonian Museum.
Join the BPG on Saturday to enjoy this very entertaining photographer..